|Jazz at the Palace of Legion of Honor|
A live broadcast of a jazz concert, held on October 4, 1971 in San Francisco, featuring the Michael White Group, Anthony Braxton, and the Michael Nock Underground. After a brief introduction the Michael White Group perform a set of delightful music, most if not all of which can be found on the LP “Spirit Dance” (Impulse AS-9215). This is followed by Anthony Braxton on solo alto saxophone, playing in his unique style of free improvisation...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Jazz; Free Improvisation
|The Expanded Ear: Six Acre jam|
Charles Amirkhanian reports on The Expanded Ear music conference, held on April 27-29, 1973 at the Camp de Benneville Pines, in the San Bernardino National Forest. The highlight of the conference was the Six Acre Jam, performed over a hillside by about 60 musicians and no less than ten synthesizers. Join Charles as he takes a walk through the woods interviewing performers and composers, including Richard Bunger, Barry Gott, Jacques Bekaert, Nicolas Slonimsky & Dane Rudhyar, all while the sounds ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Pauline Oliveros & The Circle Trio Perform at Other Minds Festival 8, 2002 - Pauline Oliveros & The Circle Trio|
Members of The Circle Trio make music by tuning psychically to a channeled source of connection that guides their musical improvisation. Pauline Oliveros has been a pioneer in the practice of meditation pieces for performers and "audiences", and has developed the concept of Deep Listening, a kind of collective improvisation involving zen-like focus on sound production and interaction during performance...
Keywords: Other Minds Festival of New Music; Music; New Music; Free Improvisation; Pauline Oliveros; The Circle Trio
|Improv:21 - The Systemic Language of Music & the Spirituality of Art: An Informance with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith - ROVA:Arts|
The intersection between abstract art and improvised music is explored by composer, musician, and educator, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, in this program recorded on March 12, 2007, and produced by ROVA: Arts as part of their Improv 21 series of interview/performances with gifted composers specializing in various forms of improvisation. Smith, a talented jazz trumpeter, first began composing music at the age of 12, and has since gone on to develop a system for guided improvisation that he calls Ankh...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Free Improvisation; Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith
|Fred Frith on Hans Reichel|
Fred Frith joins Charles Amirkhanian for a brief discussion on Hans Reichel, a musician/friend/collaborator, and "a master craftsman" of guitars. (Frith and Reichel performed together later that week). Frith also comments on the noise/free music/improv scene, and his compositional work at the time. Program portion ends with selection of Frith's "Technology of Tears", a piece written for dance.
Keywords: Fred Frith; Interview; Free Improvisation; Unconventional Instruments; KPFA-FM; Hans Reichel
|Improv:21: Understanding Conduction: An Informance with Lawrence “Butch” Morris - ROVA:Arts|
Part lecture, part rehearsal, and part performance, this fascinating program provides a window into a system for the creation of improvised music by an ensemble or band, that it's designer, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, calls conduction. In his words conduction is: "A vocabulary of ideographic signs and gestures activated to modify or construct a real time musical arrangement of any notation or composition...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Chamber Music; Free Improvisation; Lawrence Butch Morris
|Morning Concert: Jin Hi Kim|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer and improviser Jin Hi Kim (Jin Hi= Dragon Princess; Kim=Gold) who was born in Korea and has lived in San Francisco since 1980. Ms. Kim is the first performer on the ancient komungo to play experimental and improvised music. This silk stringed wooden zither, with 6 strings, 3 moveable bridges and 16 frets is plucked in a variety ways which produce startling and vigorous sounds...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Jin Hi Kim; Interview and Music; World Music; Free Improvisation; komungo
|Speaking of Music: Leroy Jenkins & Marilyn Crispell|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews violinist Leroy Jenkins and pianist Marilyn Crispell about their respective careers and their approach to improvisation. Jenkins then plays a selection of solo pieces and then concludes the program with two extended improvised duets with Crispell. Leroy Jenkins died in 2007 at the age of 74. Originally recorded on January 25, 1990 then broadcast on KPFA on March 26, 1990.
Keywords: Interview and Music; Jazz; Free Improvisation; Leroy Jenkins; Marilyn Crispell; Speaking of Music at the Exploratorium; KPFA-FM
|Speaking of Music: Jin Hi Kim|
Recorded on April 11,1990 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Jin Hi Kim about the traditional music of Korea as well as her own career as a composer and the first female virtuoso on the komungo to experiment with free improvisation.
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; World Music; Free Improvisation; Jin Hi Kim
|Morning Concert: Butch Morris|
Lawrence Douglas "Butch" Morris The musician, arranger improviser and composer, discusses his system of "conduction," developing a language for improvisers, and his worldly influences. Music played during the program: "The New York Comprovisation"- A trio performance with Butch Morris (acoustic cornet), J.A. Deanne (trombone and electronics), and Wayne Horowitz (keyboards and electronics) live at the Kitchen 1987.
Keywords: Butch Morris; Lawrence Douglas Butch Morris; The New York Comprovisation; KPFA-FM; Morning Concert; conduction; Free Improvisation; Jazz; Interview and Music
|Ode To Gravity: The Eventide Harmonizer and Henry Kaiser|
From a program recorded on September 14, 1981, Charles Amirkhanian gets a demonstration of the Eventide Clockworks Harmonizer from Laurie Anderson. The Harmonizer is the piece of equipment that Anderson has used, with such great effect, to lower the pitch of her voice in real time, during her concerts. Amirkhanian then interviews Richard Factor, the co-inventor of this ingenious device, in his busy New York City office...
Keywords: Henry Kaiser; Laurie Anderson; Richard Factor; KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Music; Jazz; Electronic Music; Free Improvisation; Blues; Rock